It's been a week since the presidential election here in the U.S. Regardless of how you feel, there's a strong chance you have some form of feelings surrounding the outcome.
Whether you can see it in your own community or not, there is a great divide in our country right now. Hate is out there, haste it out there, frustrations are out there, fear is out there, racism is out there, bigotry is out there, anger is out there, doubt is out there.
What can we do about it?
Speak up for who you are and what you believe in. Raise your voice on issues that matter to you. Talk to people who look nothing like you. Talk to people who may look like you, yet totally disagree with you. Ask hard questions.
Listen to others. Be willing to not only hear their answers, but truly try to see their viewpoints. Understand what fears others may have and what drives them to form opinions and feel the way they do.
Discuss honestly and with a loving approach. Open the lines of communication for progressive and productive discourse. Discuss what compromises can be made, and come up with ways to act as a source of light and healing.
Healing takes time and great work, no doubt. Healing also takes both sides. It takes all people. I could rally to gain the collective momentum of people that look and believe and think like I do, but at the end of the day, it takes every single one of us to not only stand up for what we believe in, but speak up on behalf of those who do not have a voice.
I'm not sure this has ever been more crucial than it is right now.
I don't know about you, but I know I've remained silent many times out of fear of conflict, or fear of how my viewpoint might be received if my words weren't heard quite as I'd hoped. I'm trying harder to speak from the heart, without resentment or haste. It's not easy for me, especially when it's about something that fires me up. I do believe it's possible. And it's the only way for real resolve to happen.